Redacting results in reviews

Here’s a thought experiment: what if empirical software engineering papers were first reviewed with the results redacted? Once the reviewers had submitted the reviews of the redacted paper, they were then shown the full paper and did a full review. I wonder how much the final reviews would change in practice.

2 thoughts on “Redacting results in reviews

    1. The discussion would have to be fully redacted, and the abstract would need to be at least partially redacted. The idea is to have the reviewers read about the study without having any information about the outcome.

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